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Windsong Leo paced home for his seventh straight win Monday (August 20) in Northfield Park's eighth race, the $19,000 Open Pace. The six year-old gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. He is trained by Ron Burke. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Windsong Leo started from post eight. He sat back and let his rivals post sizzling fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:22.3. Page moved Windsong Leo on the backstretch, and prevailing by a nose in a stretch duel, stopping the timer at 1:51.1. Monday's triumph increased Windson Leo's (Jereme's Jet-Goldie-Jenna's Beach Boy) lifetime earnings to $334,250. He returned $15.00 to win. The impressive seven consecutive victories started in New York at Yonkers Raceway, posting wins on June 9, June 17 and June 30. Windsong Leo then scored on July 14 and July 23 at The Meadows before his August 6 and August 20 triumphs at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The three winners of Saturday night's (Aug. 11) Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies were each clocked in 1:52.4 or faster on a beautiful evening under mild skies. In the first $40,000 division, even-money favorite Baron Remy, a Ron Burke-trainee, paced to a winning 1:52 clocking with Chris Page at the lines. This Yankee Cruiser lass was second in legs one and three of the series for owners Burke Racing, Silva, Purnell& Libby, L Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Sweetnfamous (Matt Kakaley) was second at 11-1 odds, while 60-1 longshot Tipp City (Sandy Beatty) was third. Baron Remy now has $191,934 in career earnings from five wins in 18 starts. She was bred by the Baron Racing Stable and is a half-sister to Gerard N Mo (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p, 4, 1:51.1f ($98,585). Matt Kakaley steered the Steve Carter owned & trained Velocity McSweets to a 1:52.4 clocking in the second OSS division. This McArdle filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Playful Sweetheart, left the gate at 3-2 odds and enjoyed a front-stepping journey to win her eighth win of the year in 18 starts. Pure Paradise, the 7-2 choice, was second by a head for Chris Page, while 7-5 Bad Girls Rule (David Miller) was third. Velocity McSweets now has $67,440 in career earnings and is a half-sister to Velocity Headlight (by I Am A Fool) p, 5, 1:52s ($100,465). Lily Grace, a 9-1 mild longshot, put in one of the most gutsy performances of the evening, leading from gate to wire for Joey Putnam, and holding off the hard-trying 1-1 favorite Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) by a head in the third OSS division. The daughter of Shark Gesture was timed in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. Princess Rougarou (Matt Kakaley) picked up show honors at 11-1 odds. Lily Grace is trained and co-owned by Dan O'Mara for Dawne Luce and breeder Teresa Maddox. She has amassed $79,520 earned lifetime and is the first foal out of the Whatanartist mare Chappy's Cali p, 2, 2:08.1 ($7,097). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Plainville, MA---There is nothing more gratifying in sport than going from worst to first. And that is exactly what Watts Was I Drinkn did in the $16,000 Winners-Over for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 7). Trainer Eric Beach had two starters in the feature and they got away at different ends of the spectrum. Show Runner (Steve Nason) got out of the gate and went right to the front while stablemate Watts Was I Drinkn (Mike Stevenson) got away last and was watching the action from there. Before they hit the quarter in :26.4, Western Stepp (Nick Graffam) pulled from second and overtook the front, giving Show Runner the trip for a while. As the race approached the half, an outer flow formed with Acefortyfour Alex (Jim Hardy), Angel Or Terror (Greg Merton) and Watts Was I Drinkn, who was still last at this point. Western Stepp carried a two-length advantage to the three-quarters and all around the final turn where Acefortyfour Alex seemed to stall outside. That forced Angel Or Terror to tip three-deep and Watts Was I Drinkn had to go four-high around her. Heading down the lane the horses were now six across the track with Western Stepp fading at the pylons and Watts Was I Drinkn flying widest of all. As they hit the wire, Watts Was I Drinkn got up late and was best of all to win by a length in 1:53.2. It was the sixth win in nine 2018 starts and third win in a row for Watts Was I Drinkn ($7.40) and her connections Little Bapa LLC. In the $10,000 conditioned event for female pacers, Life Isa Shortwalk (Chris Long) took a stroll in the park, going gate to wire by a gapped advantage and winning by four in 1:52.2, which was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old. Life Isa Shortwalk ($4.20) is owned and trained by Edward Blash. Drivers Chris Long, Greg Merton, Scott Renz and Mike Stevenson all had driving doubles on the card. There were some huge payouts at Plainridge on Tuesday. In the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta, a carryover pool in excess of $4,800 stoked a $7,732.62 payoff for a 20-cent wager on the winning combination of 3-1-8-5-4 and the Superfecta combination of 3-8-9-4 in the eighth race returned a whopping $14,326.80 for a $2 ticket. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 9) with post time at 4p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Two new harness racing track records were established Monday night, August 6 in Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies at Northfield Park. Wittyville and driver Chris Page trotted confidently to score a new track record clocking of 1:56.2 for 2-year-old colts in the fourth $40,000 OSS division, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:56.3 set by Buckeye Boss and driver Aaron Merriman in a 2016 OSS event. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, the Manofmanymissions colt had previously finished sixth and third in the first two OSS legs. Wittyville left the gate at odds of 4-1, besting 5-2 Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by three lengths, with 9-2 Cravin For Cash (Greg Grismore) notching third-place honors. Bred by Knox Services, he now has $28,510 in career earnings. Burke also harnessed Dylan The Great to a 1:58 victory in the second OSS colt division, as the 3-5 favorite. The Break The Bank K youngster was given a perfect steer by Chris Page to prevail by 2¾ lengths over 6-1 Yes (Anthony MacDonald), with 5-1 Here Comes Moony (Tyler Smith) third. Owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Dylan The Great had finished fourth in leg two and second in leg of OSS competition, and now sports career earnings of $56,400. He was bred by Midland Acres. Cumberland Gap captured the first OSS colt division in a speedy 1:57.4 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Conditioned and co-owned by Renee Bauslaugh and breeder and co-owner Chuck Stillings, the Wishing Stone colt was on the front end nearly every step of the way, holding on to win by half a length over 3-1 Shake N Back (Greg Grismore), with 3-2 favorite Oh So Pine (Anthony MacDonald) third. Cumberland Gap now has a first, second and eighth-place finish in the first three OSS legs, with $53,570 in his coffers. Peter Trottintail notched his first OSS and career victory in the third OSS test, timed in 1:59.4 for driver Aaron Merriman. The Uncle Peter colt is conditioned by co-owner Miles Wollam for partner Rhett Roll and left the gate as the 7-1 choice, chasing the front-stepping, 9-1 Bosley (Ryan Stahl), before brushing past in the stretch to nail down his first career win. Pattis Main Man, a 30-1 longshot steered by Kyle Ater, picked up show money. Bred by the Steiner Stock Farm, Peter Trottintail now has $32,000 in career earnings. Only Take Cash established a new track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Northfield Park by capturing the second OSS filly division in 1:56.4. The previous mark was set by Letsgetitstarted and driver Josh Sutton in 2016 in an OSS leg. Only Take Cash is a Cash Hall filly trained by Robert McIntosh for the Canadian ownership trio of McIntosh Stables; Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Aaron Merriman was the lines behind 1-5 Only Take Cash, who scored her fourth career victory in wire-to-wire fashion, besting 13-1 Stone In Love (Chris Page) by nearly five lengths, with 12-1 See Me Sparkle (Tyler Smith) getting up for third. This speedy filly, who was bred by McIntosh Stables and CSX Stables, has had two wins and one second in OSS competition thus far, and sports a bankroll of $77,370. Back Splash and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., also used front-stepping tactics to win their OSS division, clocked in 1:57.3 as the 5-1 choice. This Chris Beaver trainee is a daughter of Triumphant Caviar with a fourth and third-place finish in her previous OSS legs. Bred by Atlantic Trot and Steve Stewart, Back Splash is owned by Beaver, D. Robinson, Steven Zeehandelar and RBH Ventures and has $33,292 in earnings to date. Pure Chance was second at 5-2, half a length behind the winner, for Aaron Merriman, while 1-2 Feel Invincible As was third for Chris Page. Princessofpink was the queen of her division for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Marty Wollam, who owns the daughter of Full Count in partnership with Toni Dean and Lori Manke. Leaving hard from post five, Princessofpink took command and never relinquished the lead, trotting to a 1:58 mark in her first lifetime victory in her fourth try. She finished three-quarters of a length ahead of 4-5 Vivi D (Kyle Ater), with 6-1 Bella's Rose Power (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Steiner Stock Farm and Acadia Farms, Inc., Princessofpink now has $35,825 in career earnings and was sixth and third in her previous two OSS outings. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested Saturday night, July 14 at Scioto Downs in the third round of action in the four-leg series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old pacing fillies. Prsntpretynperfect certainly was present, pretty and perfect as she rocked to a 1:51.4 clocking in the first OSS division for driver Chris Page and trainer Brian Brown as the 1-9 favorite. The Big Bad John lass chased the leading Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) to the top of the stretch before unleashing a wicked final brush that saw her prevail by 2¼ lengths over 14-1 Bad Girls Rule (Kayne Kauffman). Ask Me Ifi Care, who left the gate at 5-1, held on for third. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect is owned by Jenny Brown of Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; and Marlene Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. The big rangy filly had finished sixth in leg one of this series at Miami Valley on May 4 after making an uncharacteristic break and then took leg two handily, posting a 1:52.4 clocking with Jordan Stratton in the sulky on June 2 at Northfield Park. Equipped with spreaders, knee and tendon boots, Prsntpretynperfect is an impressive distaff both on and off the track, and her record reflects that, as to date she's earned $176,326 for her connections with eight wins and a third in 12 starts. Her seasonal earnings now stand at $51,160. Prsntpretynperfect is the third foal out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess p, 4,1 :52.2z ($30,9249), making her a full sister to Prince Giovanni p,5, 1:51.4s ($95,724) and to Banderbear p,4,1:53f ($56,040). The second OSS division of the evening was another Brown-trainee--the diminutive but mighty Smiley Dragon, a daughter of Dragon Again, who won easily in 1:52.3 by nearly three lengths with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the lines. The 6-5 favorite was bred and is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. After a speed duel between Believe In Waco (Kayne Kauffman) and Lily Grace (Joey Putnam) took the field of seven to a :26.2 first quarter clocking, it set the stage for Smiley Dragon to zip to the front at the head of the lane and easily take the victory as the 6-5 favorite. Lady Gallipolis, a 16-1 longshot, was second for Chris Page, while 7-1 Thunder Again (Cameron McCown) nailed down third-place honors. Unraced at two, Smiley Dragon has amassed $46,780 in her brief career with two wins, one second and one third in five starts. The little black mare races determinedly, with a low head and gritty gait that belies her stature, although she has confirmation characteristics of her sire. She was third in leg on at Miami Valley on May 4 and then won leg two at Northfield Park on June 2 in 1:52.4 with Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. "This filly is a throwback to her granddam," Trogdon explained. "Her granddam, Blissful Smile, went with her head down low like this filly does and she usually won her races coming from behind, and was just a tough little mare. By contrast, Smiley Dragon's dam (Smiley Rocks) is a big mare." Smiley Dragon is the second foal out of Smiley Rocks, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and is a full sister to the 2-year-old colt Black Smith p, 2, Q1:58.4h ($10,000) and a half-sister to Prime Time Baby (by Well Said) p,3, 2:00.1h ($1,359). Smiley Rocks was the first foal out of the Blissfull Hall mare Blissful Smile, who earned $778,734 and recorded a career mark of 1:50.2s at age five. Kay Again captured the third OSS contest, wearing down the 2-1 choice Baron Remy (Chris Page) by a scant neck at the wire in 1:52.2. Given a masterful steer by Tony Hall, the Dragon Again filly is a newcomer to the OSS series, having skipped the first two legs for owner-breeder Alan Keith of Johnstown, OH. After Baron Remy took the lead, she appeared to be a sure winner until the pocket-sitting Kay Again stuck her nose in front at the wire. Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman), who sat third throughout at 8-1, took show honors, just 1¾ lengths behind the first two finishers. Kay Again now has $104,470 in career earnings from six wins, two seconds and four thirds in 18 career starts. She has four wins, one second and two thirds this season in ten starts and $42,780 earned in 2018. Mike Roth harnessed the bay lass, who is out of the Real Desire mare Warrawee Kay p, 2, 1:51.3 ($286,751). Kay Again is a full -sister to Kays Dragon Lady p,3, 1:54f ($187,215), and a half-sister to: Kay's Delight (by Bettor's Delight) p,2,1:54.4f ($95,812) and Challenge Accepted (by Somebeachsomewhere) p,3, 1:53.2f ($26,990). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

LEBANON, OH. - Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) captured the final Friday night Fillies and Mares Open Pace feature of the 2018 meet. The 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N won a come-from-behind thriller over Truth And Liberty (Aaron Merriman) and American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:51.2. Page was content to sit sixth as American Girl tripped the first three quarter pole beams in :26.2, :54 and 1:22.4, then tipped wide and closed in :28.3 to pin the narrow defeat on her rivals. Rosemary Rose now sports 14 wins and earnings of $283,992 for Burke Racing, J. V. Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Miami Valley Mares Open has been highly competitive throughout the season, evidenced by the fact that Rosemary Rose was the sixth consecutive different winner of the main distaff event. Other recent winners were Rockin Racer, Zoe Ellasen, American Girl, Colorful Sky and Noone to Depend On.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Eighteen of the finest older trotting and pacing mares in North America will descend on Miami Valley Raceway Monday afternoon (May 7). They will compete in a pair of Grand Circuit races that will highlight Closing Day of the highly successful 87 program 2018 meet, during which over $14 million was distributed in purses. The contestants in the $81,600 Miami Valley Distaff Trot and the $102,200 Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Pace have combined for 424 wins in their careers, good for $12,288,695 in earnings. Those figures average out to 23.55 victories and $682,705 earnings per entrant. Charmed Life (Chris Page-listed driver) has been given the ever-so-slight 5-2 morning line nod in the extremely competitive mare trot. Others who could just as easily become the "off-time" favorite are Barn Girl (3-1, Aaron Merriman), Churita (7-2, Trace Tetrick) or Rose Run Sydney (9-2, Jason Brewer). The remainder of the field consists of Ice Attraction (6-1, Merriman), Caprice Hill (8-1, Yannick Gingras), Barn Bella (10-1 due to the outside post, Jeff Gregory), Sandys Victory (15-1, Kyle Ater) and Consolidator (20-1, TBA). Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), who captured the $373,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker final in her last outing, will open as the 2-1 morning line choice in the Noble Memorial pace. Blue Moon Stride (3-1, Corey Callahan) and Apple Bottom Jeans (4-1, Victor Kirby) also enter the race off impressive winning efforts in their last races at The Meadowlands. The remaining hopefuls are L A Delight (6-1, Yannick Gingras), Lakeisha Hall (8-1, Chris Page), Ontario Sires sophomore champion The Joy L:uck Club (10-1 from an outside post, Doug McNair), Medusa (12-1, Tony Hall), Juslikeaqueen (15-1, Jeremy Smith) and Safe From Terror (20-1, Aaron Merriman). With just four cards left in the Miami Valley season, the excitement over Closing Weekend is building. The Friday night and Sunday afternoon programs will feature a dozen divisions of first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for three-year-olds. The Saturday and Monday slates include 18 $15,000 divisions of first round Buckeye Stallion Series competition. The Friday night post time is 6:05 pm, Saturday is 7:05 (an hour later in deference to the Kentucky Derby), while both Sunday and Monday matinees will commence at 2:05.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – A pair of $15,000 eliminations in the James K. Hackett Memorial division for trotting colts and a milestone accomplishment by harness racing driver Chris Page were highlights of the Tuesday (April 10) matinee card at Miami Valley Raceway. Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) was ultra-impressive in the first Hackett elim, crushing a field of 3-year-old Ohio-sired colts in 1:55.1.  With just a pair of qualifiers under his girth, the son of Dejarmbro—with just four starts and $6,169 in earnings as a 2-year-old—turned a two-hole trip into a dominating 3-1/4 length romp over Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Banker Twentyfive (Trace Tetrick).  Also qualifying for next Tuesday’s $40,000 championship were fourth-place finisher In My Dreams (Sandy Beatty) and fifth-place finisher Bealot (Cameron McCown). Pass The Vape is a homebred owned by Lionel Watiker, whose son was in the sulky.  Dispatched at 18-1  in a field that included two Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old finalists and a colt with Grand Circuit experience as a freshman, the winner paid $38.20.  His initial 2018 performance will likely make him the favorite with a decent post draw in next Tuesday’s final. Sand Cash, a recent acquisition by the Ron Burke Stable, won the second split in 1:56.4. Driver Chris Page rushed the son of Cash Hall to the front, briefly relinquished the lead to eventual runnerup Two O B Wonkenobi (Tyler Smith) between the quarter and the half, then cruised to a 3-1/2 length score.  Show finisher Ride The Rails (Tetrick) and fourth-place finisher MVP Luke (Dan Noble) also advanced to the $40,000 championship tilt. In addition to Burke Racing Stable, new partners on Sand Cash are Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green. Chris Page surpassed the $30 million earnings plateau when he won with Clarksville Boy in the day’s second race.  The 34-year-old Mt. Vernon, Ohio native went winless in his first nine lifetime starts in 2000, earning $489.  After five more years of limited success, primarily at county fairs, his career blossomed in 2006 at age 22 and has been consistently excellent every campaign since.  Page has won over 150 races a year the past 12 seasons, including the last five years in which he has topped 400 victories.  Chris has totaled over 1,000 wins in 2016-17 alone and earned over $10 million with horses he has driven in the last two years. 2018 looks like another stellar season for Page.  He currently ranks third in the Miami Valley dash standings and has accumulated over 100 wins and over $1.1 million in purse earnings in the first 100 days of this calendar year. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - R Gauwitz Hanover, deftly handled by harness racing driver Chris Page, upset a full field of ten $20,000 claimers to capture the $35,000 final of this division's Claim To Fame series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (Jan. 27). Page sat patiently in third position along the pylons (fourth overall) through fractions of :26.3, :56 and 1:24.3 before seizing an opening around the final bend to swing three wide for the stretch drive. The 8-1 shot, owned and trained by Clarence Foulk, was much the best in the lane and exploded to a three-length victory in 1:53.1. Favored Dovuto Hanover (Trace Tetrick) finished second with M G Kid (Kayne Kauffman) benefitting from a pocket ride to grab the show dough. The winner was one of seven of the finalists who had won a race in the eight preliminary heats leading up to the final. The only two-time preliminary winner was Prince Clyde, who finished fourth in the lucrative final for driver Jeremy Smith. It was the 39th career victory for R Gauwitz Hanover, a 9-year-old gelding sired by Modern Art. The winner's share of the purse ballooned his lifetime bounty to $395,033. Page also captured the next race, a co-featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace clocked in 1:51.1. He guided pole sitter Angelo J Fra directly to the top in :26.2 over the sloppy track. With Feelnlikearockstar (John DeLong) unable to find a seat along the pylons and pressuring gallantly on the outside, the winner tripped the halfway beam in :54.3 and the three-quarter mile marker in 1:22.1. The 6-year-old The Panderosa gelding managed to tack on a closing :29 quarter to hold runnerup My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) and show finisher Manhattan Beach (Trace Tetrick) at bay. Kris Hinchcliff trains Angelo J Fra for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLc. It was his 20th triumph in just 86 lifetime starts and raised his earnings to $282,794. The Sunday (Jan. 28) matinee at Miami Valley will feature a $24,000 Open Handicap Trot as well as the $40,000 championship final of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Night Pro, one of the Midwest's most stellar harness racing open ranks performers over the past four years, reached the winner's circle again Saturday night (Dec. 23) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 7-year-old Pro Bono Best stud captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace for his 12th seasonal win and 53rd from 107 starts in his career. He has raced his entire life for owner-trainer Dale Decker, who has now banked $834,647 due to Night Pro's efforts. Driver Chris Page took advantage of one of Night Pro's best recent post positions (3-hole) to sprint immediately to the front of the field. Finding no challengers in the early going, Page throttled the 3-5 favorite back through a pair of pedestrian fractions. Following :28 and :56.2 clockings, however, Page pushed the pedal to the metal and Night Pro responded with a :55 back half to stop the final timer in 1:51.2 on a 32-degree evening. Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith) benefitted from a second-over trip behind first up Boys Round Here (Kayne Kauffman) to rally for a runnerup finish, but never really threatened the winner. A fast-closing Manhattan Beach (Trace Tetrick) came from sixth at the half to garner the show dough. Driver Jason Brewer scored a "Grand Slam" on his final program for 2017. The red and black clad reinsman triumphed with four horses from his father Jeff's red-hot stable. The Brewer's winners were CC's Desire (1:53.2, $5.60 to win), Lyons Jimmydean (1:52.2, $7.00), Hezabluechipboy N (1:52.2, $10.60) and J J M Jet Set (1:53.3, $12.20). The Brewer clan will be closing out the year enjoying a well-deserved week vacation in Aruba. Hollywood Dayton's final week of the meet will feature a Tuesday matinee at 2:15 and 6:15 evening programs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Enoch made the most of his second start at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Dec. 16), cruising to a harness racing victory in the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51.1. Driver Chris Page fired the 4-year-old son of Panspacificflight from the gate and other than momentarily relenting to My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) nearing the :27 quarter mile mark controlled the pace the rest of the way. Posting subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 before tacking on the :27.4 final split, Enoch held My Hero Ron at bay while Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith) and Night Pro (Dale Decker) dead-heated for third in the weekly feature race. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Enoch paid $5.20 to win with the exacta returning $41.80. Enoch now has 15 career wins and $166,590 in earnings. He is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, P Collura and Frank Baldachino. Page had three earlier winners on the Saturday program, including Burke stablemate Endeavors Pride who captured a $20,000 claimer in 1:52.2. His other trips to the winner's circle were with Rolling Going Gone for trainer Doug Hinklin and Vandy's Magic from the Steve Carter barn. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip has ruled the roost in both Ohio and Indiana this season, winning open paces will regularity. His 1:51.4 harness racing triumph at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Nov. 11) was his sixth score in his last nine starts at the highest levels, with three of the victories coming at Hoosier Park and three at Hollywood Dayton. His 2017 scorecard now reads 10-9-5 in 33 starts. Mykindachip's most recent tally, a wire-to-wire voyage for driver Chris Page, was his 50th career win and pushed his lifetime bounty past $800,000. The Ron Burke trainee, an 8-year-old Art's Chip gelding, is owned by Burke Racing, J & T Silva Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi and Larry Karr. While this talented pacer has proved over the past two years that he can win from either on or off the pace, Page elected to send the 4-5 favorite on his way early and crossed to the pylons in the lead before the field hit the first turn on the quick five-eighths mile oval at Dayton. Despite a freezing 32 degree temperature, Mykindachip had no problem leading the field through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24 before confidently holding runnerup Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) at bay in the stretch. It took a photo to separate show finisher Dont Say Goodby (Trevor Smith) and Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) in fourth. The win was Page's third on the night as he had previously guided Sparky Mark to his 59th career win in a high conditions pace and Mr. Coolie to his 46th career victory in a $15,000 claimer. The $10,000 Billings Amateur Trot Midwest Regional Final was also presented on Saturday with Mutinyonthebounty (Ned Hodkinson) topping Fairground Drama (Rodney Debeck) and Stemilt Touch (Kelly Walker) in 1:58.1. Gregg Keidel

Chris Page drove from his hometown of Delaware, Ohio, to Northfield Park on Monday (October 30) needing just one win to reach his 4,000 harness racing career milestone. The program started and Page went right to work, winning the very first race of the evening aboard Scarlet Cat. He started from post-2 and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.1. Page tipped Scarlet Cat approaching the stretch and the sophomore gelding paced by his competition, winning by 1½-lengths in a lifetime best 1:54.2. Page is not from a "horse family." Neither of his parents have ever been involved in harness racing. His love for horses began when he started helping his cousin, Tom Hall, work in his stable at the Knox County (Mount Vernon, Ohio) Fairgrounds. His love for the sport was cemented when he attended his first Little Brown Jug. "That was the year that Life Sign won," recalled Page, "It was an epic Jug and is one of the best races ever." Chris drove his first race in 2000, finishing sixth in a $900 FFA pace at the Knox County Fair. He won his first race in 2001 at the Champaign County Fair aboard Titanic Fella. Page graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2002 and then attended The Ohio State University. Chris' driving career started blossoming in 2006 and he has since driven several sub-1:50 miles and has purse earnings that are approaching $30 million. His richest win is a $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Final. Crazy Wow is Chris' favorite horse to drive. However, the best Page has ever steered is Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing. "What an honor it was to drive him," explained page. Page, 33, says his future plans all include staying in Ohio. "I have traveled a lot and have driven at a lot of tracks," said Page. "At this point of my life, I am happy making a living right here at home. After all, I'm a Buckeye, baby!" Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke likes what he sees in Seeing Eye Single, but it is what he sees for the colt's future that is even better. Seeing Eye Single is 4-for-4 this year and the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers at Scioto Downs. Seeing Eye Single will start from post No. 2 with Chris Page, the track's leading driver, listed in the sulky. "I think next year he is really going to be a good colt," Burke said about Seeing Eye Single. "He's just a little immature and has fought soundness issues a little bit. Obviously, every time he goes to the gate he figures out how to win, so that's a good sign. "We're not going to over-race him. I think when he figures it out, this is a good horse. I might race him at Delaware and I might race him one time at Lexington. That would be the most. And being honest, I could see me shutting him down after this race. At most he would have three more starts and very likely this could be it." Seeing Eye Single, a baseball term for a slow groundball that finds its way between infielders for a hit, reminds Burke of another late-blooming star --- one that has gone on to earn more money in purses than any horse in harness racing history. "We say it every once in a while, and it sounds stupid, but he reminds me a little of Foiled Again," Burke said. "I'm sure this is how Foiled was as a young horse. He wasn't quite mature and he hadn't quite figured it all out. That's the idea." Seeing Eye Single, like Foiled Again, is a son of stallion Dragon Again. He is the first foal out of mare Shabalabadingdong and was purchased for $25,000 at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. He won his most recent race by a half-length, but the remaining three by a minimum of two lengths. Scioto Downs is hosting eight $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters on Saturday, making it the richest day on the state's racing calendar. Burke also has contenders in 2-year-old female trotter Dashanay, 2-year-old female pacer Baron Remy, and 3-year-old female pacers Rosa's Touch and Rosemary Rose. Rosemary Rose started the year with five consecutive wins, but went off stride in her first Ohio Sire Stakes start and finished ninth. She was seventh in the next round of the sire stakes, but rebounded with a second-place finish in the next leg and a win in the final preliminary round to qualify for the championship. "I really thought she was our best chance to win a final, and then that we might not even make the final, so I was thrilled to make it," Burke said. "I've always felt she was the best filly in the state. All her bad miles have come in the sire stakes; other than that she's raced very good horses and beat them. She's a very good horse." Rosemary Rose, a daughter of stallion Foreclosure N out of Pantathlon, has won eight of 17 races this year and earned $114,277. She will start her sire stakes championship from post eight and is the 4-1 second choice behind Tyler George's Pistol Packin Mama, at 3-1. Rosa's Touch, a daughter of The Panderosa-Touch Of Bogart who has won five of 20 starts this year, is 9-2 from post one. "She is going to need a trip," Burke said. "If she gets a trip she can go with them." Dashanay, who is 8-1 on the morning line, will start from post seven in the sire stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters. She has one win in five races this season. Her victory, though, came at Scioto Downs, where she also has two second-place finishes to her credit. "She is probably only one of a few of mine that's overachieved this year," Burke said about the daughter of Manofmanymissions-Eastern Starlet. "She just gets better and better. I think she is sitting on a real good mile. It's at Scioto and she's been good there. I'm looking for her to be good again. "It would have been better to draw inside, but last year I learned one thing --- every race in Ohio was very competitive and very action-packed. You've usually got a shot. As long as you stay out and keep pulling the right line you'll get your chance." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the championships are races two through nine. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

Crazy Wow trotted home a harness racing winner in Saturday's $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic, dethroning last year's champion Obrigado, and continues to march through the national FFA trotting ranks. The son of Crazed entered the Classic off consecutive victories in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs, scoring in both by leading his competition from gate to wire. Crazy Wow showed versatility by flying past his competition in a thrilling stretch drive to win by ½-length in 1:52.3. The impressive clocking equaled the all-age trotting track record at Northfield Park. Crazy Wow ($9.40) started from post two and sat second behind Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) through solid fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1. Race favorite, Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) sustained a strong first-over bid and was slightly in front through the final turn, allowing Crazy Wow enough room to shift to the outside. "The trip worked out perfect. I got to loom the danger the whole way," said winning driver Chris Page. "When I got him out he showed he was a real horse and knew what to do." The race time replaces the 1:53.2 time of 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic winner Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev) as the fastest mile ever on the Flying Turns for a five year-old and up trotting horse, and equaled the all-age Northfield trotting record of Muscle Up The Goal (Aaron Merriman). Saturday's win is Crazy Wow's third win this year and 18th lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,865,064 for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms and trainer Ron Burke. Completing the $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic were Resolve, Obrigado, Maestro Blue Chip, Il Sogno Dream, Fly Jesse Fly and Will Take Charge. Homicide Hunter was scratched from the event due to sickness. "He (Crazy Wow) is having a great 2017 campaign," explained Page. "I look for a very, very big year from this horse." Ayers Ratliff

Columbus, OH --- On an absolutely picturesque evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Crazy Wow and harness racing driver Chris Page assumed command upon their departure from the gate and did not experience a truly tense moment en route to a powerful 1:52 track record score in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial in front of a standing-room only crowd on Saturday (June 10). Defending older trotting champion Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Canadian invader Musical Rhythm (Peter Wrenn) third. In fact, Page was still rather incredulous at how the race unfolded for his horse after he addressed his legions of young fans in the winner’s circle that were shouting his name and pleading for his whip or his sunglasses as a souvenir of his victory. “I can’t believe how it all worked out,” he said. “I intended to get him involved in the race early-on, but I wasn’t planning on going to the lead. When the wings were still unfolding off the gate I looked to my left and wondered where everybody else was. He just took me out there all on his own and from there on it was all him. I could not have asked for a better trip.” Commencing his journey from post position eight did not seem to hamper Crazy Wow’s need to display his speed. Conditioned by Ron Burke and owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, the 5-year-old stallion, fresh off his first victory in nearly a year in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational on May 28 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, laid down a very swift first split of :26.2 with Obrigado in hot pursuit in the field of nine with the scratch of Homicide Hunter. In essence it was reduced to eight competitors after 2015 Dan Patch Award winner and world champion JL Cruze broke strode going into the first turn. As Crazy Wow and Page went past the half-mile marker in :55.1, Obrigado was hemmed in and slightly shuffled back to third as Hemi Seelster (Brett Holland) moved aggressively, intent on not allowing his top two rivals to stray too far. After Crazy Wow passed the three-quarter marker in 1:23.1, the rest of the field began their bids to overtake him in their quest for the wire. Both Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) and Musical Rhythm made their moves from sixth and fifth, respectively, as Hemi Seelster tired from his earlier efforts to drop back to fourth entering the top of the stretch. This transition of positions provided Obrigado, who was making his 2017 debut, with a desperately needed seam and he and MacDonald pulled to the outside in an attempt to chase down Crazy Wow. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as Crazy Wow appeared to lengthen his stride with each hoof he placed upon the Columbus oval and he maintained a comfortable 1-3/4 length advantage right to the wire. Musical Rhythm spurted up the rail after Obrigado vacated that area to finish third. “I had driven him once before,” Page said. “It was a long time ago and I don’t remember anything specific about him from that race, other than I already knew he was a very good horse, but tonight he was something; he was much more than just very good. I know his connections have worked with him and it certainly has paid off.” Collecting his second consecutive triumph and propelling his 2017 record to 5-2-3-0, with his career resume now at 47-17-10-3, Crazy Wow has now earned more than $1.7 million. Sent off the as the second selection at 3-1, the stallion paid a generous $8.20 for his victory. Obrigado at 3-1 provided $5.00 to his supporters to place, with Musical Rhythm (14-1) offering $7.80 to show. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

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